Top tips to help meet your energy reduction targets

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Let's take a look at how you can work towards meeting your energy reduction targets during the peak event.

Your past usage patterns are used to set energy reduction targets based off your  expected usage patterns during the time the peak event is taking place.

Remember your safety is most important and participation in each peak event is entirely voluntary. Any energy reduction activities should be done in a safe manner. Don't turn off any vital appliances or devices and consider the wellbeing of everyone at home.

What can you do before the peak event starts?

Heat your home in advance

If you have a heater, turn it on a few hours before the peak event starts.

Check your external door seals

Faulty seals can account for up to 25% of heating loss. Check that seals on your doors and windows are working and use draught blockers to keep a comfortable temperature.

Close doors to unoccupied rooms

Close doors to any rooms you're not using. If you have ducted heating, close vents in unused rooms to create zoned areas in your home.

What can you do during the peak event?

Manage your heating

Most homes use 40% of their energy on heating and/or cooling. For heating, set your thermostat to between 18–20°C. Every degree higher could add up to 10% to your energy use and make it harder to reach your peak event reduction targets.

During peak events, closing doors to any unoccupied rooms (like bathrooms and the laundry) can help to efficiently maintain the temperature in areas you’re using.

If you have ducted heating, close vents in unused rooms to create zoned areas in your home. 1

Layer up

 Stay warm by layering up with clothing and blankets2.

  • Start with a fitted, base layer to avoid any heat escaping. This could be a snug-fitting, long-sleeved top, and depending on how cold it is, maybe even leggings.
  • For the middle layer, use wool, fleece, or down to insulate your body and reduce any heat loss.
  • Finally, put on the biggest jacket you own, with enough space to layer clothes underneath.

Let the sunshine in

When the sun rises in the morning make sure to open your blinds or curtains so the natural light can flow in and naturally heat your home. Once it hits an object the sunlight becomes radiant heat. Don’t forget to close your curtains or blinds when the sun sets to keep that warmth in2.

Be selective with your appliances

Did you know that, after heating and cooling, clothes dryers are one of the biggest home energy users, as are washing machines? To reduce usage during peak events, delay use to times outside the peak event period. Avoid using a clothes dryer by hanging your clothes on an indoor clothes horse1.

Delay the use of appliances

Shift the use of appliances like the dishwasher, electric oven and microwave to before or after the peak event.

Switch off unnecessary lights

Turn off nonessential lights in rooms you're not using. That means switching the light off when you leave the bathroom, laundry or bedroom.

Save energy on how you wash and dry clothes

If you need to do laundry during the peak event, wash a full load of laundry in cold water, rather than hot water. You can usually save energy by selecting the “eco” setting.

Avoid using a clothes dryer. Hang clothes inside and let them dry naturally. By doing this you could potentially save 3-4 kWh in energy use (based on a 5kg capacity / 3-star rating clothes dryer). Savings will vary between clothes dryer models. You can learn more on the Energy Rating Appliance Calculator.

It’s time to move it, move it

It’s time to get moving! One of the best activities to warm up is to get blood pumping through your body. Here are a few tips:

Take a break every 25 minutes and do some star jumps or a quick online workout to get your heart rate up.

Go for a walk on your lunch break and, for the ultimate reminder, set your mobile phone alarm to go off to remind you to take a break from sitting.

Switch off the pool pump

Pool pumps use a lot of energy. Turning off your pool pump during the peak event can help you reduce your energy usage significantly.

How much electricity do my appliances use?

You can find out how much power your appliances use by checking the label or instruction manual. Input power will be displayed in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW). Once you have the appliance's input power, you can manually calculate operating costs by following these steps.

  • Check the appliance's input power in watts or kilowatts, e.g. 2000W
  • Convert it to kW by dividing it by 1,000. For example 2000W divided by 1,000 = 2kW
  • Find your usage tariff by checking your bill. For example 30 cents per kWh (Kilowatt hour)
  • Multiply the input power by your energy tariff to find the hourly running cost. For example 2kW x 30 cents = 60 cents per hour

More tips?

We're so excited you're joining us for this peak event. If you'd like more tips on how to reduce energy consumption, take a look at our other home energy savings tips.

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